No. 7 Stanford Defeats Pepperdine, 75-63

MALIBU, Calif. (AP) - Each game No. 7 Stanford plays is an opportunity toovercome problems such as weak rebounding and turnovers.

'This was a good challenge,' Stanford coach Tara VanDerveer said Fridaynight after the undefeated Cardinal beat Pepperdine 75-63. 'I'm glad the teamresponded.'

Lindsey Yamasaki and Nicole Powell each scored 20 points for Stanford.Powell, who also had 11 rebounds, made six free throws in the final 1:29. TheCardinal (7-0) has won all its games by at least 11 points.

Shandrika Lee scored 15, Damaris Hinojosa 14 and Keani Christianson 13 forPepperdine (2-3).

The Cardinal committed a season-high 23 turnovers and allowed Pepperdine tograb 21 offensive rebounds.

'We didn't do a good job on the defensive boards,' VanDerveer said.

Hinojosa's 3-pointer gave the Waves their final lead, 45-42, with 14:23 toplay.

Cori Enghusen had five points during Stanford's 12-0 run that gave theCardinal a 54-45 lead with 10:17 to play.

Stanford led 33-26 at halftime, but Hinojosa's driving lay-up with 15:24remaining gave the Waves their first lead, 40-39. Pepperdine's guard TamaraMcDonald followed with a lay-up off a steal. Yamasaki then tied the score witha 3-pointer.

The Waves missed their first seven shots, but still managed to stay within8-7 in the opening minutes. The Cardinal then pulled out to a 20-10 lead asBethany Donaphin and Powell each scored four points in a 12-3 run.

Lee had five points as Pepperdine scored the first half's final 10 points.

'I think we played very well,' Pepperdine coach Mark Trakh said. 'If wejust knocked down a few more shots, this was winnable.'

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